Join Us at the 47th CATESOL Annual Conference

Sep 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Annual, Conferences, Lead Story
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Embracing the Past—Planning the Future


—It’s that time of the year again—time to get ready for the biggest CATESOL event of the year! The 47th CATESOL Annual Conference is set to take place November 17-20 at the gorgeous Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego. With a full schedule of more than 200 sessions to choose from, great networking opportunities, fun social events, and engaging hands-on workshops, you will surely come out of this conference with renewed enthusiasm and new practical teaching tools for your classroom.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Embracing the Past—Planning the Future.” The idea behind the theme is to acknowledge the contributions of those before us, to recognize the progress we have made in our field thus far, but, also, to challenge ourselves to do more. With our combined expertise, we can push the boundaries of our field and envision a better ESL education for our students. With the goals of this theme in mind, this year’s conference is sure to be an exhilarating melding of the past, the present, and the future of our field.

Plenary Speakers

Thursday Night Opening Plenary, November 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

Peter Sokolowski (Sponsored by Merriam-Webster)

“The Dictionary as Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About English”

Friday Plenary, November 18, 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Andy Curtis (Sponsored by TESOL)

“2020: Where Hindsight and Foresight (Might) Meet”

Saturday Plenary, November 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Dana Ferris (Sponsored by the University of Michigan Press)

“Stuck in the Past, or Embracing the Future? Preparing L2 Students for Academic and Professional Writing Contexts”

K-12 Strand Saturday Plenary, November 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Yvonne S. Freeman and David E. Freeman (Sponsored by Corwin)

“Principles for Teaching Academic Language and Content to Emergent Bilinguals”

Plenary speakers include Peter Sokolowski on Thursday, who will speak on “The Dictionary as Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About English”; Andy Curtis on Friday, with a talk titled “2020: Where Hindsight and Foresight (Might) Meet”; and Dana Ferris on Saturday, with “Stuck in the Past, or Embracing the Future? Preparing L2 Students for Academic and Professional Writing Contexts.”

Plenary speakers (from left) Peter Sokolowski, Andy Curtis, and Dana Ferris

Plenary speakers (from left) Peter Sokolowski, Andy Curtis, and Dana Ferris

In addition, there will be several featured presentations, including one by Susan Gaer on “Infusing the Classroom With 21st Century Skills,” and another by Dr. Andrew Blasky on “Back to the Future: The Hype and Promise of Technology in Language Learning.”

thumbnail of Yvonne S. Freeman and David E. Freeman

Yvonne S. Freeman and David E. Freeman

One of the most exciting changes to this year’s conference schedule is the addition of a K-12 strand. There will be presentations dedicated to K-12 issues, along with a K-12 Strand plenary on Saturday by Yvonne S. Freeman and David E. Freeman on “Principles for Teaching Academic Language and Content to Emergent Bilinguals.”

In addition to the many engaging plenaries and presentations, you can take advantage of the conference’s special events, such as the continental breakfasts, the President’s Luncheon, the networking dinners, the publishers’ exhibits, the interest group rap sessions, the ice cream social, and the Saturday Night Sizzle. Included in your registration fee are the Sunday workshops, which are an exclusive opportunity to receive hands-on training from leading experts in the field.

Get the most out of the conference by staying at the lovely Town and County Resort & Convention Center for the low, single-occupancy rate of $166 per night. With expansive green grounds, numerous tropical palms, a large pool, a Mediterranean-style spa, and several luxurious restaurants, it’s where you can get a good night’s rest to fully engage in the next day’s activities.

Sunday Workshops

Make sure to include Saturday night in your hotel reservation so that you can attend one of these FREE excellent Sunday workshops on November 20, 9 a.m.-noon.

Scott Sutherland—”NODEA: A Structured Approach Toward Successfully Addressing Student Classroom Misbehavior”

Julie Goldman—”Six Research-Based Instructional Practices for Second Language Writing”

Dr. James Perren—”CATESOL Service-Learning Workshop”

John Hedgcock—”Enhancing L2 Reading and Writing Instruction with Genre-Based Tools”

Andy Curtis—”Using Film to Link Languages and Cultures”

There is still time to take advantage of the low preregistration rates: $250 for members and $310 for nonmembers. Students are eligible for lower rates. The deadline to receive preregistration rates is October 31. We also encourage you to apply for conference awards, which are given to outstanding students at every level of education (secondary, adult, IEP, community college, graduate) and talented teachers. Deadlines for these awards vary from September 15 to October 31. Details can be found on the CATESOL Conference website:

For more information about the conference, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, and to register, go to: Receive updates and the latest news about the conference by following us on Facebook (search for “CATESOL Annual Conferences”) and Twitter (@CATESOLSD2016).

With numerous opportunities to learn, contribute, grow, and network with others, this conference is sure to be an enriching experience. As you get to know your fellow teachers, students, and leaders in the field, you will experience firsthand the joy of being in such a welcoming and growing community with the same shared goal—to give our students a great education. We hope to see you there!


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